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While launching a report, Ramaphosa made a raft of claims about government achievements over the past 25 years. We zeroed in on five. The post Fact-Checked: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims about progress in South Africa since 1994 appeared first on Africa Check.

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A national daily newspaper claimed transport secretary James Macharia has been allocated 47% of the national government’s development budget since 2015. This is inaccurate. The post Has ‘super’ minister been handed nearly half of Kenya’s development cash? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Nigeria’s communications minister said information technology now contributed more to GDP than oil. Did he get his facts right? The post ICT outstrips oil and gas in Nigeria’s economy – but error in minister’s comparison appeared first on Africa Check.

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Skyscrapers are jostling to top Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre as the king of the African skies. The official title can be a bit elusive, making some contenders a little hasty. The post Tallest building in Africa? SA’s Leonardo pulls the trigger too soon appeared first on Africa Check.

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The head of a Nigeria and Australia registered non-profit organisation claimed that of 14,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, 8,000 will die. But the most recent data shows a heavier burden. The post Charity understates cervical cancer deaths in Nigeria as it unveils campaign appeared first on Africa Check.

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But it does mean that if your day involves a lot of sitting time, any kind of physical activity will benefit you. The post No, sitting for over 11 hours a day doesn’t mean 50% chance you’ll die in three years appeared first on Africa Check.

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Three high profile deaths from cancer have led to public debate in Kenya on the disease’s causes and cures. But not all claims, including by influential leaders, are correct. The post Kenyan senator wrong about breast cancer risk from soya appeared first on Africa Check.

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Women in Nigeria suffer the most from female genital mutilation and maternal deaths, a national newspaper charged. Is this the case? The post Fact-checked: four claims about sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria appeared first on Africa Check.

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South Africa’s police minister suggested the country was the only one in Africa releasing crime statistics. But the minister was missed the mark. The post No Minister Cele: SA not only country in Africa giving out crime stats appeared first on Africa Check.

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Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, but it doesn’t account for almost 70% of the world’s malaria deaths each year. The post No, malaria doesn’t kill 300,000 people in Nigeria a year, as insurance seller claimed appeared first on Africa Check.

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A clutch of international media publications recently reported that nearly half of all child deaths in Africa stem from hunger. But the evidence cited doesn’t support this. The post No evidence ‘nearly half of all child deaths in Africa stem from hunger’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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Be careful before you share a video or picture of xenophobic violence in South Africa. Many of them are from unrelated incidents. The post Think before you share! Old, misleading videos said to be of xenophobic violence in SA are going viral appeared first on Africa Check.

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In a news clip from 2017 but which has been heavily viewed, a former deputy police minister made a startling claim. We checked. The post Unproven that Hillbrow, nearby areas are ‘80% foreign national’ as claimed in much-shared video appeared first on Africa Check.

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The murder of a university student in South Africa has led to national soul searching and debate over violence against women. Africa Check summarises the available research on the issue.  The post Five facts: Femicide in South Africa  appeared first on Africa Check.

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In Nigeria, it is frequently reported that seven out of ten children in the country aren’t registered with civil authorities. But Unicef says this is outdated: the most recent figure is just over 50%.

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Major US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson had a startling fact to share at an international conference recently. But it wasn’t true. The post No, adolescents don’t account for half of new HIV infections in Kenya appeared first on Africa Check.

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At an international summit on youth unemployment, the government said the economic fortunes of millions of Nigerians have been improved by a flagship social programme. But it has yet to back this up with evidence.

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Does Nairobi produce 45% of Kenya’s GDP, the figure given by the UK’s Guardian newspaper recently? New data, which includes counties’ contribution to the economy, puts the capital’s share of gross domestic product at just over 20%.

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